Creating a fairer Britain
Our Human Rights Review was launched on 5 March. In it we assess how well Britain is meeting its human rights obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights and our own Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). As part of our work on the Review, we gathered examples of how human rights have been used to improve the way public services are managed and delivered. On our website you can read a selection of real life cases which show how human rights have been used to deal with the difficult or distressing situations that individuals or groups have experienced. You can also watch three short films illustrating some of the issues.
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The Commission has published its strategic plan for 2012 to 2015. The plan identifies how the Commission can add most value to the protection and promotion of equality and human rights through the effective use of its unique powers and its duties as the National Human Rights Institution. Mark Hammond, Chief Executive, said: 'We look forward to working with business, the public sector and all our partners to deliver on these aims. Our Strategic Plan sets out a clear and robust sense of direction so that the public, our partners and our staff know what to expect from us and hold us to account for the value we deliver.'
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The Inquiry report made a number of recommend-ations tailored to government departments and service providers. Over 60 of these sectors have now responded to us formally, outlining their commitments to delivering on the recommendations. The next stage for us is to assess and publish these responses. Our analysis will be summarised in our Manifesto for Change, due to be published in September 2012. This will outline where we think things are progressing well, where there are gaps and the challenges and opportunities going forward. We will also be producing an advocacy tool kit for disabled people's organisations.
Read more about the Disability Harassment Inquiry
On 7 March, the Commission participated in the first ever Human Rights Council panel discussion on the issue of discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation. This followed the submission of a report (Report A/HRC/19/41) that outlined some of the gross human rights violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals face globally. The Commission presented a statement on behalf of 12 National Human Rights Institutions, adding our support to addressing these human rights violations.
Read more about the Human Rights Council statement
Explore our free online teacher training and education resources which teach Key Stage 3 students in England about equality and human rights in a way that is relevant to their lives.
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The 6 April 2012 deadline is fast approaching for listed public authorities in England (and non devolved bodies in Scotland and Wales) to prepare and publish equality objectives. Setting specific and measurable equality objectives can help public authorities to focus their attention on the priority equality issues within their organisation. This can then bring improvements in the delivery of their services to the public, and in their role as employers. Our 'Objectives and the equality duty' guide provides tips on how equality objectives can be used to improve performance on the general equality duty. It also helps public authorities to identify, set and publish their equality objectives.
Read more about the Public Sector Equality Duty